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Seth Kelsey

Seth Kelsey

The Air Force is thrusting and parrying its way to the top of the U.S. Fencing Association’s national rankings. Not only is 2003 Academy grad Seth Kelsey the top men’s epee fencer in the nation, but three current cadets are in the top 60: senior Peter French (#5), junior Daniel Trapani (#47) and sophomore Ben Rinaldi (#57).

Kelsey, now a reservist, has competed in the last two Summer Olympics.

In women’s epee, sophomore Simone Barrette is tied for 21st in senior women’s epee and is also ranked 17th in junior women’s epee. Freshman Heather Nelson currently is ranked 24th in the nation in junior women’s saber.

Not being a fencing aficionado, I’m not sure what these categories mean exactly, but it sounds impressive.


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